Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
This is a global GSM phone. It can beused with T-Mobile USA and AT&T, but without 3G.


It's no secret that the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 was somewhat of a letdown considering it was pegged as the mobile giant's multimedia powerhouse. On paper, it looked great, but the reality was the likes of HTC's Sense UI made Sony Ericsson's Android skin feel more like a beta than a final release. The Sony Ericsson Xperia arc therefore represents a reboot - curvaceously sexy, endowed with a new screen technology and a revised UI, Sony Ericsson hopes it can mend some perceptions the X10 created- and from the offset, the odds are already looking more favourable for Sony Ericsson's new flagship.


We said it in our introduction - this is a sexy phone. At just 8.7mm in the middle, which gradually becomes 10mm at both ends, it feels waif-like in the hand in the best way possible. Without fail, everybody who held this phone commented on the slickness of design. The arched profile makes it more comfortable to hold and handle and lends to offset the bulk the 4.2” display could potentially lumber the handset with.

You can compare the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

The screen is a Super LCD, with 480x854 pixels measuring in at 4.2". In turn, while the resolution isn't going to set the Sony Ericsson arc apart, the fact that it's graced with Sony's BRAVIA engine that the company uses in its award-winning flat screen TVs does. We can attest that there is a difference as photo and video playback is truly bright and vivid, though we nevertheless prefer Super AMOLED, as it enables these vibrant colors anywhere throughout the interface. The display is comfortable to use in the bright outdoors which is great, though viewing angles aren't what we'd hope from a premium screen. Nevertheless, when looked at head-on, the screen delivers a distinctly premium viewing experience.

Under the screen are three thin Android navigational buttons – back, home and menu. They are reminiscent of what we have on the other phones in the Xperia line, and are illuminated, however, their icons aren't, which is somewhat unintuitive. The three keys have a nice rubbery feeling to them when pressed and are very easy to operate.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia arc comes in a “Midnight Blue” and “Misty Silver” version, both of which look stunning. The whole design is made of quality plastic which keeps the weight down, so while not as robust as aluminum unibody handsets for example, the thinness and lightness endows the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc with a huge amount of appeal.

The camera sensor is placed in  the upper edge on the back - which means you have to be careful not to place your finger over the lens when shooting. Combine that with the rather smallish and somewhat hard to press shutter key on the right near the lower edge, and you definitely need to hold the phone with two hands when taking a picture, unless you use the touchscreen. In addition, there is no front facing camera, which leaves video calls out of the equation.

The other design element that classes up the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc is the chromed band surrounding it, which encompasses all the rest of the buttons and openings – the volume rocker and microUSB port up right, the 3.5mm audio jack up left, as well as the cover of the microHDMI port and the power/lock button at the very top - which is unfortunately small and takes some getting used to.

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1. O K unregistered

this might very well be my next phone......i gotta w8 till 12th april to see what htc has up its sleeve, when will we see the release date htc pyramid(sensation).

2. sak96 unregistered

Phonearena, where is the video review??/

3. phbelov

Posts: 124; Member since: Mar 25, 2011

it's coming i think coz they've already uploaded SE xperia arc video samples on phonearena yt channel.. :)

4. aercy18

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

I don't like SE's android phones for one reason, it's always plasticy. Feels a bit cheap & pale. But the Cam's arguably the best amongst all the android device makers.

5. phbelov

Posts: 124; Member since: Mar 25, 2011

i agree. and the price's very high at least in Russia :)

6. omacalex unregistered

I hope you don't own a Samsung phone...just saying.

9. Shubham1401

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 07, 2011

The plastic helps to keep the weight down. 117gm for phone of such size is great. It makes carrying it a whole lot easier.

7. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

the video sample was so smooth my computer lagged a bit x)

8. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

who wants a sexy android phone with a great camera! any hands?

10. HB unregistered

I do NOT understand this. The incredible s has a front facing camera, more ram and the htc sense ui(which almost everybody agrees is leaps ahead of any android skin out there). And it gets a 7.5 because it has a dual core processor. And this phone gets a 8.5? Why? Ok it has better looks(big deal..) and android 2.3, but htc incredible will get 2.3 pretty soon. And with sense on 2.2 it probably blows this phones UI out of the water anyways( I watched a few videos, so much of lag..). Seriously sometimes I just cant understand how review sites work

17. megamrambo

Posts: 37; Member since: Jul 19, 2010

Dude the HTC Incredible S does nit have a dual core CPU. HTC Incredible S is not a bad phone it is just not a compelling phone. It had poor camera performance and overall wasn't to great a difference between the original HTC Incredible.I mean, really? You don't understand how review site work, huh? They reviewed this phone based of of what Sony Ericsson could pack into a 8.5 millimeter body. With the Incredible S, it was mean't to be a replacement for another HTC phone with nearly equivocal specs. And At the time, it was even supposed to replace the Desire HD which phonearena could not see happening. So I hope you understand now... :)

11. John unregistered

Hello phonearena! I have a question. When you will make a review of the new Samsung Galaxy S2? Greetings!

12. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I have traveled from the future just to give information

13. Matte33 unregistered

How can you not review the call app, it´s still a mobile "phone", it´s important to me anyway how the call app is.

14. Luffy unregistered

Xperia looks + Galaxy S2 specs = perferct phone

15. Luffy unregistered

Xperia looks + Galaxy S2 specs = perfect phone!

16. tushar jaiswal unregistered

i've purchased dis fone few days ago and it is d most sexiest one dat I have even seen. . . .its simply awsome, must buy :D :)

18. abanglek unregistered

live in ifreak surrounding, using arc for a week. iphone is great but not for tinkerer like me. arc just ok, can be good but can't be great, only after tweaking. i have done sound department (using volume+ to crank tiny ls sound & eq for earphone, using my trusty old cheap sm pl10). i can say my sound now is great, better than iphone, compsrable to my rockbox clip. ui department using go launcher (& go contact to fix t9 absent & more info i can see on contact, eg: note with contact) go launcher not the best, just the fact i can create folder in app drawer & uninstall directly. sound like ios, but yes, it's easy to manage & i don't have to put 10 redundant shortcut for single app on my phone. now for screen department, i have good news & very bad news. the screen i can say good & you will appreciate when watching movie. the screen also can dimmed enought to be use in almost total dark room (not every phone can do this). but all the goods are only when you look straigh forward to the lcd. the bad news is, even with slight tilt, the screen going up side down, white become brown, black become gray, color become wash & amazingly brown become white. is that important? the situation is, even when you put the phone on table & you need to read something, you're forced to take your phone on hand. when i say bad, it's really bad, just test the phone in your nearest shop & remember what i said. even my old omnia doing good job, this arc is worst. watch sharing & wallpaper show off is big no no to this phone (it's really shame on me). so it's up to you, the biggest part is if you can live with the lcd. for me, i don't know how to live with this phone for next 1-2 years. when i hate to say samoled is good & ips is great, this reality display is real junk.

19. kitar01 unregistered

i have it up to some's awesome. very good display and camera: the photos are quite near to that of my Sx200 is Canon camera, and also hd video are good. the display: there is a video on the phone. If you see it on the phone than you compare it seeing it on the pc (i have a Hp w2007v that is really a good monitor) you see no great difference...ok some difference obviously is but not so great. the battery is good and now for example i have 1 day 1 hour 48' and have 29% of battery power. i know there are dual core phones but i think what better is for me if this takes to a lower battery life? so i think this is the best compromise up to now.

20. rocky005 unregistered

It is good, But no front cam, very delicate back side is not metal its plastic i wont prefer this one...........

21. amas unregistered

hey. do u experience any lag while using this phone ( cause i have the x10 and im experiencing alot of lag )

22. User27 unregistered

"Single core processor isn't as future-proof". Future is increasingly shorter this time. New phones are coming in day in and day out.If it is enough for today, that's it.

23. chaud unregistered

Sony Ericsson Xperia arc or HTC Incredible S?

24. white04004

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 15, 2011

Hah! This will me next phone!
Xperia arc
  • Display 4.2" 480 x 854 pixels
  • Camera 8.1 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 0.512GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh(7.00h 3G talk time)

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